THE CAUSE AND CURE OF HAUGHTINESS
September 29, 2002
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Peter joins the apostle
John in reminding us that "friendship with the world
destroys our fellowship with God."
James 4:4, "Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not
know that friendship with the world is enmity with
God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the
world makes himself an enemy of God."
1 John 2:15-17, "Do not love the world or the things
in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of
the Father is not in him. For all that is in the
world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of
the world. And the world is passing away, and the
lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides
These passages are dealing with the world system; the
evil principles of the world, a system which is in
opposition to God.
Richard Wolff in "General Epistles of James and Jude"
gave this description:
"The world is human nature sacrificing the spiritual
to the material, the future to the present, the unseen
and the eternal to that which touches the senses and
perishes with time. The world is a mighty flood of
thoughts, feelings, principles of action, conventional
prejudices, dislikes, attachments, which have been
gathering around human life for ages, impregnating it,
impelling it, molding it, degrading it."
It is not too strong to say that friendship with the
world is enmity with God. The line is drawn that
straight in other places in the New Testament as well.
Luke 16:13, "No servant can serve two masters; for
either he will hate the one and love the other, or
else he will be loyal to the one and despise the
other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
"Mammon" - refers to riches, treasure, or wealth
In 2 Timothy 4:10, "For Demas has forsaken me, having
loved this present world."
Note the progression in th ...
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